Ultimate battle of old versus new: YouTuber puts items through a hydraulic press test

Both a hammer and an axe are put to the test.
Loukia Papadopoulos

It's an age-old question: are items made better today or are their old-fashioned versions sturdier and more resilient? One YouTuber decided to test this theory using a hydraulic press.

He began with a hammer. The old and rusty 1960s hammer looks like it would likely not withstand much pressure especially compared to its new and improved 2020s black shiny version. But looks can be deceiving.

The rusty hammer held steady under the hydraulic press even withstanding 100 tons worth of pressure. Its newer model, however, did not fare as well. At 50 tons of pressure, it began to be squeezed and deformed, and the situation only worsened as the pressure increased.

Who would have thought that this brand new object would be less resilient than a rusty old maverick?

The YouTuber then moved on to test two axes. This time he began with the new axe. This tool bent into circles around itself as the pressure on the hydraulic press increased. The end result was a twisted useless piece of metal.

Would the old axe fare much better? This axe responded to pressure by breaking apart into two pieces and flying into the air. It turns out that both old and new, these tools are not too resilient!

What else did the YouTuber test? Watch the video to find out.

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